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Community Digest: November 21, 2003

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Los Angeles - The Southern Californa Linux Exposition (SCALE) will be Saturday, November 22nd, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A one-day event billed as the best grassroots Linux show in the U.S., Expo coordinators expect 600 to 800 people to attend.

SCALE is part vendor-based and part Linux community-based. There you'll find IBM and Novell booths alongside booths for the Free Software Foundation, the Orange Conty Linux Users Group, and many others non-profit organizations.

Additionally, there will be three speaker tracks. The first is "Kernel and Systems" with a series of talks for those interested in the intricacies of the Linux kernel. Several of the speakers are well known in the Linux commmunity, including Andrew Morton, the current number two man in Linux kernel development.

The second track is "In the Userland", which consists of talks about Linux applications. For example, John Terpstra, will give a talk about the latest version of Samba, the software package that allows Linux to function like a Windows server.

The third track is "Altruism, Advocacy, and Evangelism", which focuses on the Linux phenomenon. Among the speakers is Dan Frye, Founder and Director of the IBM Linux Technology Center. Dan's topic is titled "The Next step: Linux In An On Demand World"

Following the Expo, a free showing of the movie "Revolution OS" will be held. Revolution OS covers the rapid ascent of Linux in the booming tech years in the late 90's. Afterwards, the director J.T.S. Moore will answer questions from the audience.

SCALE grew out of a series of small Linux conferences called "LUGFests" held in the late nineties by the Simi-Conejo Linux Users Group. Based on their popularity we believed that there was a need for a regional Linux show. So the So Cal Linux Expo was born. The first SCALE was held last fall at USC's Davidson Conference Center, and filled the conference center. Based on that, the Expo was moved to the L.A. Convention Center for SCALE2X.